Saturday 21 October 2017

Inspired by Hadfield? Dublin snapped from space by Italian astronaut Luca

Can you spot the spire? Dublin snapped from the International Space Station. (Photo: Luca Parmitano)
Can you spot the spire? Dublin snapped from the International Space Station. (Photo: Luca Parmitano)
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. (Photo: ESA)
Col Chris Hadfield
Commander Chris Hadfield on YouTube
Drogheda, as seen from space, courtesy of Commander Chris Hadfield.
A star in space: one of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's striking pictures tweeted from space, of Dublin at night.
Chris Hadfield and daughter Kristin in the Wicklow Mountains
Commander Chris Hadfield singing on the International Space Station. Photo: PA
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

It’s Dublin from an angle you will probably never see, until someone captures it and shares it on social media that is.

The last man to hit social media headlines for capturing the world from never-before-seen angles was Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who lived on board ISS as Commander of Expedition 35.

Now, Hadfield’s European counterpart has been inspired by his social media updates.

European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano is currently orbiting Earth, practising his photo-taking skills along the way.

An Italian Air Force test pilot, the dad-of-two is on the International Space Station for Expedition 36 and 37.

Be it on land or in space, some things will never change. Like most visiting our Emerald Isle, Parmitano had to wait for the clouds to pass before he could take the perfect shot.

“I had to wait but it was worth it: a sunny #Dublin! #Ireland #Volare,” he captioned the photo.

Parmitano, who can be found on Twitter with the handle @astro_luca, has listed his location on the social media site as ‘orbiting the earth’.

It’s Parmitano’s first space flight and the fifth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut.

The flight opportunity is the result of an agreement between the Italian Space Agency and NASA.

Canadian astronaut Hadfield, who was previously on the ISS, set the social media precedent as he communicated with people on earth through the medium of Twitter.

Daily photos and how-to videos from space were uploaded online by Hadfield on the Expedition 35.

Parmitano may be able to keep his hobbies of reading and music up in orbit, but it will be a while before the adventure-seeker experiences a spot of snow-boarding, scuba-diving or sky-diving again.

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